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Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 1

English Prairie 10th Oct 1844 [Transcription],   pp. [1]-12 PDF (12.1 MB)


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hundred miles with the river frequently by its side and mostly in view. The
scenery is rich and varied being formed of water cultivated ground, and hills
covered with trees, displaying a foliage of various hues. There were also
to be seen neat cottages, pleasant farm houses and flourishing towns and
cities. Many parts of it strongly reminded me of Wens-leydale from Middle
ham bridge to Estholme bridge. Perhaps this part of America will appear more
interesting to some of you, probably Eliza-beth if I say that Margaret Davidson
resided in it for some time. The whole distance I travelled along the canal
was between three and four hundred miles, leaving at Buffalo. I quite enjoyed
this part of the journey, the weather being fine, and the Boat going so slow
that I could walk as fast along the tow path. And this I frequently did.
There are houses, towns or cities along nearly the whole line. The traffick
upon it is immense: boats proceeding east were met every two or three minutes,
and one morning I counted nearly thirty before breakfast. I intended when
I began to count to continue for the whole day, but I gave up in despair
about 9 O clock. We past a vast number of orchards, most of the trees were
richly laden with fruit - ripe and delicious. Much of it would probably be
left to rot upon the ground. The best land is at some distance from the canal
- as a flat and consequently to some extent swampy part of the country was
chosen but even this part of America is no disgrace to it, nor would not
blush were it placed beside the fairest portions of England, beautiful and
rich as that country is. It is ture some parts of it are what some persons
take the whole of the continent to be - swamp, forest, or stumps. But I think
I dare predict that their reign is near its close, as they have no charms
in the estimation of the industrious farmer.
[I left the canal at Lockport thirty on miles from Buffalo, (but

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